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The Haunting in Connecticut [Blu-ray] (2009)

Virginia Madsen , Elias Koteas , Peter Cornwell  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (213 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Virginia Madsen, Elias Koteas
  • Directors: Peter Cornwell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: July 14, 2009
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (213 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0021L8UG2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,512 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Haunting in Connecticut [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Based on a chilling true story, Lionsgate's THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT charts one family's terrifying, real-life encounter with the dark forces of the supernatural. When the Campbell family moves to upstate Connecticut, they soon learn that their charming Victorian home has a disturbing history: not only was the house a transformed funeral parlor where inconceivable acts occurred, but the owner's clairvoyant son Jonah served as a demonic messenger, providing a gateway for spiritual entities to cross over. Now, unspeakable terror awaits when Jonah, the boy who communicated with the dead, returns to unleash a new kind of horror on the innocent and unsuspecting family.

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Based on a chilling true story, Lionsgate's The Haunting in Connecticut charts one family's terrifying, real-life encounter with the dark forces of the supernatural. When the Campbell family moves to upstate Connecticut, they soon learn that their charming Victorian home has a disturbing history: not only was the house a transformed funeral parlor where inconceivable acts occurred, but the owner's clairvoyant son Jonah served as a demonic messenger, providing a gateway for spiritual entities to cross over. Now, unspeakable terror awaits when Jonah, the boy who communicated with the dead, returns to unleash a new kind of horror on the innocent and unsuspecting family.


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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth it for the extra features July 19, 2009
Format:DVD
The film that is based on the true story of the haunting of a funeral home converted to a residence suffers from a lack of imagination and emphasis on visual effects, but then I could say that about most modern films. I found the Discovery Channel documentary on the haunting,A Haunting in Connecticut, to be much more interesting, and cheaper.

However, you can't beat this double disc editon for extra features, and interesting ones too. There is the featurette "Two Dead Boys: The Making of The Haunting in Connecticut" which talks with the cast and crew about the making of the film and the haunted hotel that they stayed in during filming. It runs about fifteen minutes.

"The Fear is Real: Reinvestigating the Haunting (41:03), gets away from the movie-making end of things and goes to the actual case that inspired all of this. Carmen Snedeker-Reed and two of her sons discuss the haunting. Also included are Carmen's neices, former neighbors, and some of the clairvoyants called in on the case at the time of the haunting. This mini-documentary is quite interesting if you enjoyed the original Discovery Channel documentary as I did and want more background both from news sources at the time and new developments and insights.

Anatomy of a Haunting (11:48) talks with parapsychologist Barry Taff and psychic Jack Rourke about the supernatural. They discuss the case that inspired the film The Entity, among other matters.

"Memento Mori: The History of Postmortem Photography" (10:26) has author Stanley B. Burns talking about this odd practice. If you have seen the film "The Others" this will be particularly interesting.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely above average July 13, 2009
Format:DVD
A decent horror plot combined with scares that try to get under your skin and stay there manage to make the Haunting in Connecticut one of the few buy-worthy horrors I've reviewed. Matt Campbell, a cancer patient, is struggling to cope with the constant rides to and from the hospital where he is receiving an experimental treatment. After seeing him suffer following a prolonged treatment, his mother buys a former funeral home for them to stay in during his hospital visits. What follows is a progressively aggressive assault from spirits within the home.

The storyline is another of those "based on a true story" pieces of nonsense, which really needs to stop unless they're honestly worried about being sued. While the plot overall is nothing new, it manages to throw in enough good renditions of overdone plot points to give it a feel of being new. A few points of humor, a few character sidebars that are just a hair short of being filler, and a few extremely well done hallucination scenes manage to round out the movie as a whole, rather than leave it as a grinding startle sequence. The explanation is especially well done, just believable enough to easily swallow, yet allowing for mistakes, interpretation, and managing to provide a good basis for "I see it! Why don't you see it!?!!"

The effects are surprisingly good, despite or in spite of their simplicity. The scares are also subtle, small things that build in the background. While theres the requisite number of startles, these're thankfully overshadowed by the creepy elements that know what they're doing. A few of the moments even managed to make me, a jaded and embittered veteran of gore, wince and cringe in my seat; though there's little, if any, actual blood.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unrated Special Edition July 20, 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
While the movie itself remains above average with a few stand out scenes and a few minor changes from the documentary film that was made about this story the real worthy of the purchase price of the dvd are the special features.

The special Features are scarier than the movie itself.
I admit when I saw the trailer for this movie the first time months before it hit theaters i was blown away and couldn't wait for it to come out I remember thinking oh man this looks so scary.

I didn't get to see it until it hit Dvd and was a little dissapointed and felt even the unrated version seems to be missing something that would have turned into a 5 star flick instead of a 4 star flick.

Still entertaining,and the special features are even more entertaining than the movie so 4 stars for that reason.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Original Story is Better January 27, 2011
Format:DVD
This movie is based on a true story, and I've seen the original story on "A Haunting." I was hoping that the movie version would give me a creepier version of the original story, but all I got was bad acting, a lackluster storyline, and terrible effects. It seemed as though the director had an excellent idea in his head, but couldn't quite project it correctly. They tried way too hard to make the story "better." As a result, the story came off as cheesy and over the top. If you want to get a better and more accurate version of the story, check out the "A Haunting" version.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The documentary Was SOOOO Much Better! September 29, 2009
Format:Blu-ray
Leave it to Hollywood to take a really good creepy ghost story and mess it up with bad acting and unbelievable events. Add some lame CG and you have this movie. Looking at the stupid looking cover of ectoplasm coming out of the kids mouth has dumb written all over it.

The original documentary with the black eyed demon was really creepy when I watched it late one night, years ago. If they would have just stuck to the original story and got some better Actors and Director...this could have been a really good creepfest. Why on earth would you add what they did and take away what was scary and creepy from the documentary? I don't get it.

Save your time and money and if you want to see the really creepy version of this movie, get the documentary. I almost came close to walking out on this one when the CG came out of the guys mouth but I wanted to see how they would end it. I should have left then and saved myself some time. This movie is such a waste to watch.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's Okay
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 7 days ago by lori march
2.0 out of 5 stars Would've been effective in the 80's... early 80's.....
Matt (Kyle Gallner) is a teenager with serious issues. Instead of the usual things such as being a non chick magnet or even acne; he has cancer and the boy appears to always be in... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Borinquen_Warrior
1.0 out of 5 stars Nah...
Just a very boring movie... a really lame, stupid story line, crappy acting and I actually dozed off while watching. Thumbs way down on this one.
Published 27 days ago by Sybil
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Terrible.
Published 1 month ago by cp1221
5.0 out of 5 stars too scary
Great movie, very well written and well shot. It's very scary
Published 1 month ago by Andre B
2.0 out of 5 stars Seems like there was one of those every other minute
The film tries too hard and too often to get scares. That loud swish and quick cut to a spooky shadow is such a cliché these days. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mark Martucci
5.0 out of 5 stars Genuinely Creepy -- Well Built & Delivered -- Entertaining!
Well cast and truly creepy, this film packs a nice fat wallop of scary goodness!! Acting chops are decent all around -- particularly with the main character who I didn't recognize... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sparrow
4.0 out of 5 stars GET IT FOR THE SPECIAL FEATURES
THE HAUNTING IN CONNECICUT

I am a huge fan of the “A Haunting” TV series and own all the box sets, the show in my opinion is scarier than any of the “Paranormal... Read more
Published 1 month ago by fmwaalex
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same price at walmnart
My Wal-mart has the BD for 19.99 right now.
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